Srihari Nataraj, Sajan Prakash among Indian swimmers cleared to participate in Olympic qualifying events in Belgrade, Rome-Sports News , Novi Reporter

Srihari Nataraj, Sajan Prakash amongst Indian swimmers cleared to take part in Olympic qualifying occasions in Belgrade, Rome-Sports activities Information , Novi Reporter

Aside from Olympic ‘B’ qualifying mark achievers Nataraj and Prakash, who’re hoping to make the A qualification mark, the crew contains seasoned again stroker Maana Patel, who just lately returned to kind at a world meet in Uzbekistan.

Srihari Nataraj, Sajan Prakash among Indian swimmers cleared to participate in Olympic qualifying events in Belgrade, Rome

File picture of Srihari Nataraj, AFP

Ahmedabad: A 3-member Indian swimming crew, together with Srihari Nataraj, will depart for Serbia on Tuesday night time to compete within the Belgrade Trophy, a FINA-accredited Olympic qualifying occasion.

The occasion is scheduled to be on 19 and 20 June.

Sajan Prakash is presently coaching in Dubai and is anticipated to hitch the crew in Belgrade by 12 June.

Aside from Olympic ‘B’ qualifying mark achievers Nataraj and Prakash, who’re hoping to make the A qualification mark, the crew contains seasoned again stroker Maana Patel, who just lately returned to kind at a world meet in Uzbekistan.

There shall be kids Aryan Nehra, Shoan Ganguli, Tanish Mathew and Kenisha Gupta who’re a part of the TOPS (Goal Olympic Podium Scheme) group and have been displaying nice promise.

The crew, sans Nehra and Ganguli (who didn’t meet the qualification instances), will journey to Rome on 23 June to participate within the annual Sette Colli Trophy which can be a FINA-accredited Olympic Qualifying occasion, to be held on 25, 26 and 27 June.

They are going to be accompanied by seasoned coaches Nihar Ameen and Pradeep Kumar.

In April this yr, the Indian swimmers had participated within the Uzbekistan Open, which was their first worldwide meet because the COVID-19 lockdown in March final yr.

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“The Indian swimmers, notably Srihari Nataraj, had accomplished exceedingly properly within the Uzbekistan Open and bought nearer to the A qualifying time within the 100m backstroke occasion,” mentioned Swimming Federation of India (SFI) govt director Virender Nanavati.

“… Sajan Parkash, Kenisha Gupta and Maana Patel posted spectacular performances of their respective occasions.

“They’ve been shaping up very well and we’re hopeful that they may be capable of obtain the qualifying mark earlier than the cutoff date.”

SFI secretary normal Monal Chokshi emphasised that the competitors in Belgrade and Rome won’t solely be an ideal alternative for the Olympic hopefuls to qualify however this may also present a superb publicity for the swimmers making ready for the forthcoming Asian Video games in 2022.

“Upon their arrival in Belgrade, the Indian swimmers shall be stationed on the Serbian Nationwide Swim Workforce coaching facility. It will present an ideal publicity for our swimmers forward of the 2 Qualifying meets.

“The squad is in good kind, and we predict them to swim quicker than what they did in Uzbekistan in April,” mentioned Chokshi.

Of the six Indian swimmers who’ve clocked the B qualifying time up to now, three of them are at present coaching within the USA.

Kushagra Rawat and Advait Web page shall be taking part on the final qualification meet in USA from 24-27 June.

“SFI is hopeful that a number of of our swimmers will obtain the A reduce for Olympic Video games Tokyo 2020,” added Chokshi.

SFI president RN Jayaprakash expressed his gratitude to Sports activities Ministry, the Exterior Affairs Ministry and Sports activities Authority of India for clearing this journey.

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Squad for Belgrade Trophy: Srihari Nataraj (50m & 100m Backstroke), Sajan Prakash (100 & 200m Butterfly, 200m Freestyle), Maana Patel (100m Backstroke), Kenisha Gupta (50m & 100m Freestyle), Tanish Mathew (100m,200m Butterfly,200 Free), Aryan Nehra (200m,400m,1500m Freestyle), Shoan Ganguli ( 200m,400m Particular person Medley, 100,200m Butterfly)
Squad for Setti Colli Trophy in Rome: Srihari Nataraj (50m & 100m Backstroke), Sajan Prakash (100 & 200m Butterfly, 200m Freestyle), Maana Patel (100m Backstroke), Kenisha Gupta (50m & 100m Freestyle), Tanish Mathew (200m Freestyle, 200m Butterfly).

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